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>> gus: 10:07 to play in the big ten championship game. michigan state leading the number two team in the nation. connor cook has been wonderful. 277 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception. langford has qfñ run hard. mumphery with a long touchdown catch. and now michigan state takes over at their own 10.  roby back in after first down. cook and he'll drop it off to langford. he breaks tackles and is downed by adolphus washington. >>> kevin hogan and ty montgomery. stanford rose bowl bound again where they could play michigan state team win or lose on. back to you. >> gus: staven winning the rose bowl last year and beating wisconsin. david shaw, a terrific coach of the cardinal. second down and three at the 17 the cardinal. second down and three at the 17. david shaw, a terrific coacx= second down and three at the 17. cook hands it off to langford. he'll pick up two. >> charles: big play for ohio state defense which we noticed looked spent on the last drive. look how fast michigan state is coming back at them. >> gus: lippett trying to get lined up. he does at the top o
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marriages. >>> as of last night, more than 300,000 people from michigan to maine were still without power following the storm's over the weekend. and weather is making it difficult and dangerous for others to get where they're going. john yang reports. >> reporter: icy roads made day before christmas travel treacherous in the northeast. near buffalo, new york, a tractor-trailer flipped over snarling traffic. in northern ohio, a morning pileup involving more than 25 vehicles closed interstate 90, a mathor east-west link for much of this busy travel day. with temperatures forecast to stay below freezing for the rest of the week, dangerous travel conditions are likely to persist. in maine, ice brought down tree limb ands power lines. crews are working around the clock. >> 17 on, seven off. i go home at 6:00 at night, i'm back at 1:00 in the morning. >> they're expected to be back to work the rest of the year as plunging temperatures threat tone make things worse. here in michigan more than 200,000 homes and businesses have been without power for three straight days. despite crews coming from
a little bit. >> thank you so much. new this morning, crews have shut down the eastbound lanes of michigan avenue in northeast d.c. because of a water main break. this is near irving street. they opened a fire hydrant to relieve the pressure on the main. it broke overnight and d.c. police are telling us that the repairs could last until 10:00 this morning. for everything you need to know about how to get around the mess, let's head over to amanda meadows. >> we have the water main break. that is going to be the main thing on the radar this morning. we don't have any other incidents or accidents to report on major highways. this is the live shot at the main break. you can see it has the roadway covered. very slick conditions there as well. for now, here's what you need to know. you have michigan street northeast closed down, that is just east of capital. that will be between franklin and irving. he prepared for detailed -- d towards around that area. around that area. no problems at the bay bridge. no window warnings in effect. 95 is moving along nicely in both directions. for now, i will s
not be fair to other passengers. the state of michigan passions a law to require rape insurance. >> for those of you who want to act aghast like i would use a term like rape insurance to describe the proposal here in front of us, you should be even more offended it is absolutely accurate description of what this proposal requires. by moving forward on this initiative. republicans want to make michigan which tine plan ahead and invest in health care coverage for potentially having their bodies violated and assaulted. >> ladies of michigan, in about 90 days you may need to buy yourself rape insurance after the michigan house and senate yesterday passed legislation banning private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage unless a woman buys a separate abortion insurance rider that includes women whose pregnancies were caused by rape and possibly certain women who need to terminate their pregnancies because of miscarriages. the only abortion insurance companies will be allowed to cover without a rider would be to save the mother's life. last year, michigan's republican led state legisl
it will be a rainmaker, but i will bring more details to you. shut down the eastbound lane of michigan avenue in northwest these -- north east d.c. due to a water main break. they have opened a fire hydrant to release the pressure on the main. it broke overnight and repair work could last until about 10:00 this morning. affect expect that to it -- you can expect that to affect the morning commute. >> that is going to be the main thing on our radar. we have the water main break and that will be mom -- blocking michigan avenue in the northeast section in the city. you have the roadway covered in water. every once in a while, someone will head through their slowly. there slowly.h if you are heading through franklin in the northeast section, you will need to possibly follow police direction. be prepared for closures and police direction. route 5, no big problems or delays. ralph 301 up towards pennsylvania avenue is good to go. 95 is moving nicely through fredericksburg and up through dumfries and dale city all the way through the springfield interchange. 66 if you use that and your morning commu
. this week's stumper concerns college sports. in 2013, the university of michigan led all college football in home attendance. what is the only school other than michigan to lead football attendance since 1975? the answer is straight ahead on "sportfolio." ♪ >> here is the answer to this week's stumper. other than michigan, the only university to lead the nation in attendance is the university of tennessee. the vols edged out the wolverines in 1997. the financial success of big- time football has put a strain on the traditional business model of college sports. there is no blueprint on how larger conferences should share revenues with their smaller neighbors. or to determine whether students are receiving appropriate benefits. ncaa regulations have presumed that one-size-fits-all, but the big ten commissioner does not necessarily agree. he sees complex problems that require systemic solutions. >> how does the whole college athlete getting paid issue get resolved? >> in principle, everyone that i know throughout college sports is against pay-for-play. everyone is in agreement that we need
of michigan passions a law to require rape insurance. clay. mom? come in here. come in where? welcome to my mom cave. wow. sit down. you need some campbell's chunky soup before today's big game, new chunky cheeseburger. mmm. i love cheeseburgers. i know you do. when did you get this place? when i negotiated your new contract, it was part of the deal. cool. [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. >> for those of you who want to act aghast like i would use a term like rape insurance to describe the proposal here in front of us, you should be even more offended it is absolutely accurate description of what this proposal requires. by moving forward on this initiative. republicans want to make michigan wichl tine plan ahead and invest in health care coverage for potentially having their bodies violated and assaulted. >> ladies of michigan, in about 90 days you may need to buy yourself rape insurance after the michigan house and senate yesterday passed legislation banning private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage unless a woman buys a separate abortion
decision as benefits are typically cleaned untouchable, protected by the michigan state constitution. kevin orr is detroit's emergency manager. >> there is not ruc restructure. >> bisi onile-ere is covering the bankruptcy for al jazeera. >> the judge has given orr until march to submit a restructuring plan for the city. this is a report that the emergency manager said he will complete within the next couple of weeks. this is when we'll get a good idea of how deep orr's cuts will go, and how he plans to generate new revenue here in the city. retirees will get a better idea of how much they stand to lose. >> with a crushing $18 billion in debt, unions, pension funds and retirees as well as other creditors could stand to lose. for every $1 detroit collects, $0.40 goes back to paying off legacy debt, a figure that could rise as much as $0.65 without bankruptcy relief. when a city files for chapter 9 it must first qualified for protection before reducing it's debt to creditors. additionally it must negotiate in good faith with those creditors who understand that they'll be paid also than they ar
,000 a game. >>> a new record at university of michigan's football stadium. it's turned into an ice rink on new year's day. the current hockey game record set there, 113,000. the big house has held twice the population of ann arbor. >>> three points. keep your eye on the ball there. the globetrotters saw that. they gave him the trotter tribute award for that shot. he scored 30 points in the game. his team lost, but no doubt here, mara, he won the unofficial of bmoc. >> a moment he will not forget. thanks so much. now, for a look at the friday weather, bill karins is here. >> snowstorm is come k. >> that's all you ever say these days. >> or cold. it's been really cold. let's get to the snow event. first things first. this is the moisture that will turn into snow. cold rain in oklahoma and texas. freezing rain beginning to start in areas of extreme southern kansas and into missouri. missouri is a travel trouble spot. to the north and west of washington, d.c. we have winter weather advisories from st. louis, detroit and pittsburgh. snow is white. a snowstorm for new england. icy conditions
history. that's about $150,000 a game. >>> a new record could be set at the university of michigan's football stadium. it's being turned into an ice rink for the red wings/maple leafs game on new year's day. the current hockey game attendance record set there as well at 113,000, but the big house has held as many as 115,000. that was michigan against notre dame. >>> and our hockey moment, minnesota wild's charlie coyle waving at a young fan. the wild lost to san jose, 1-3. >>> have you seen this amazing behind-the-back heave? watch it. he makes three points with that behind the back all net globetrotters saw it, and they gave him an award. the virginia high schooler scored 30 points in that game. his team lost, though. but no doubt he won unofficial big man on campus status for the year. >>> just ahead, surprise christmas comes early for beyonce fans and susan sarandon fesses up, and lea michele talks about the loss of cory monteith. >>> welcome back. it's friday. that means time for your weekend forecast. the storm that's going to cause all the travel issues especially saturday fr
started or the condition of the victim. allentown road has been reopened. michigan and new england are covered with a thick layer of ice after this morning's storm. they have a thousands of people are waking up without power before christmas. >> sheets of ice have turned streets into treacherous skating rinks. the ice is weighing down trees and power lines. are on the clock to get the lights back on. >> we put stuff up and stuff comes right back down. the worst ice of storms new england has seen in 15 years. near detroit, the hum of generators fills neighborhoods left without power. the harrison's were intending to for weristmas dinner five people. metropolitan airport, the ice caused a delta plane to fly off the attack to slide off the runway yesterday. out west, winter weather is bringing other dangers. at least eight avalanches in utah since this weekend. the storm caused at least 11 deaths and its effects will be felt much less today. wendy gillette, abc news, new york. is the new deadline to sign up for health insurance through and get the insurance on january
charlotte, michigan, power crews are racing to get the lights and heat back on. >> reporter: the sun barely shows itself, but crews are already in the sky. how come you're still smiling? >> happy to be out here getting people's power back on for them. >> reporter: they have come from as far away as wisconsin, ohio, and maryland. putting in 18-hour days away from their own families at christmas. >> we had various wire-downs and our number one priority is customer safety and employee safety. so we have to make sure we keep the public safe. >> reporter: it's freezing cold down here on the ground where i am. so where he's working, it's probably 15 to 20 degrees colder in the wind. here heavy ice buckled power lines. the crew is efficient and fast. residents, very thankful. >> we've got so many christmas cookies that i don't think me or dave would care to have another one. they've all been appreciative. we haven't had one bad thing said to us. >> reporter: some will have to wait awhile longer. >> unfortunately the power company at this time have run out of the meter boxes they need to reinstall
in struggling states like michigan. 45,000 people will lose access to benefits right away. 145,000 more in the next year. the 56-year-old norbit is one of them. >> i won't be able to pay for utilities. after this check i get this week from unemployment i have to pay the mortgage payment on first of january. i'll have less than $200 in the bank. >> reporter: michigan's unemployment rate is the third highest in the country at 8.8%. but the national rate is 7%. the lowest it's been in four years. that's led many republicans in congress to say there is no longer any need for emergency unemployment benefits. but most democrats say the benefits should continue. before heading off to hawai'i for the holidays, president obama scolded congress for failing to extend the program. >> because congress didn't act more than one million of their constituents will lose vital economic lifeline after christmastime. >> until then, those living on unemployment checks will have to hope for good tidings and good cheer as well as more jobs. >> dozens of tax deductions and contracttax cuts are set to expe in 20
see lots of videos from the michigan humane society. in this particular video, it is these two adorable puppies, valentine and secora. >> look at them cuddling up to each other. >> the michigan humane society received a call from the family inside this house saying these two stray puppies had wondered up on their property. >> it seems to me like somebody abandoned them. they knew to sit by the door. they knew to sit by the door to go inside because it is warmer there. it is obviously cold if this is michigan this time of year. >> luckily, in this case, this was a really easy rescue. as you can see, the puppies followed him to the van. >> it is warmer in the van than outside. >> that's exactly right. that van took them straight to a vet's office. they received some vaccinations, the nourishment they needed and now they are available for adoption. so anyone in the detroit area can adopt these two beautiful little ladies. >> this is like a free ad for them. everybody can see how cute they are. go and adopt them. >> look at those faces. >> i might have to go to detroit and get thos
that reflects very badly on the teacher's union in michigan. this 39-year-old man neil erickson has been sentenced up to 30 years in prison for raping one of his male students for three years beginning when the boy was just 12 years old. the boy's parents, john and laura are angry, broken-hearted. you can understand that, as the family has been torn apart by this. adding to that is the fact that the michigan education association, the union that erickson belonged to continues to support this monster demanding that he be given $10,000 in severance pay. bill spoke to the family last week. >> your son, at age 12, met this man erickson right? he was a teacher and he took an interest in your boy? >> yes. he did. he was a well-known person. we wouldn't have thought twice about anything. >> does your son ever mention the teacher? >> well, i worked with all of these teachers and mr. erickson for the last 11 years. i trusted these people. and when they went to six grade camp, erickson was one of the teachers who went. my son was interested in ipods. they were just coming out. and neil erickson ho
to release that information. >> check mate. coming up, a michigan teachers' union is fighting for this convicted child molester's massive severance package. he'll spend 30 years in jail. that organization is refusing to allow this honest hardworking kindergarten teacher to leave the union. myriad chansky and her attorney will speak about their battle. >>> speaking of union, why are groups like the aflcio secretly funding hundreds of thousands to an nbc host -- ed schultz. brent bozell has the details tonight. of media mash, coming up. >>> welcome back to hannity. there is outrage in michigan after the largest teachers union, the michigan education association announced its intention to give a $10,000 severance package to a former teacher and convicted child molester. the former math and computer teacher, neil ericsson, was found guilty of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy over three years and was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. unbelievable. we reached out to the m.e.a. and they defended their actions saying they are legally obligated to enforce the contract for all em
more on the way. right now, we are seeing most of the snow skirt right up on michigan and, also, towards pennsylvania and into new york. so we will continue to get some bands of heavier snow. total so far, chicago, in that darker blue area, parts of southern chicago, three to four inches of snowfall. farther over, into the south, you've got en that area of purple is about 10 to 12 inches of snow in illinois. champaign, pennsylvania, five inches. one inch for west virginia. now, we will get concerned about windchill factors and, also, icing. here is what we have in the way of wind gusts. notice the blustery cold air, about 20 miles. there, and we have got wind gusts elsewhere. a lot of rainfall and that rain has been heavy with tornados in parts of pensacola up into georgia. now we will see closer to sunset, the temperatures, you can see, a big difference. very cold in the north. this weekend, we will still have the snow up the northeast. so while we get to a better place tonight, around new york, manhattan and harlem, it's going to get more touch-and-go as you get up into vermon
. big ten action, michigan state and ohio state. no love lost between these two. came down to the final play of the game. stick and why can you move the tv out here? the wireless receiver. i got that when i switched to u-verse. but why? because it's so much better than cable. it's got more hd channels, more dvr space. yeah, but i mean, how did you know? i researched. no, i-i told you. no. yeah! no. the importan and i got you this visor. you made a visor! yes! that i'll never wear. ohh. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for two years with qualifying bundles. rethink possible. with qualifying bundles. to thosuffered in silence... hoped... and lived in a state of fear... welcome to a new state... of health. welcome to covered california. the place to find quality, affordable coverage. financial help for those in need. and nobody can be denied because of a pre-existing condition. enroll now at or call 800-675-2607. >>> one of the greatest rivalries in college football history, ohio state and michigan held today in front of 113,000 fans at the big house in
limited edition holiday stamps. >>> michigan's legislature a controversial, requiring women to buy additional coverage if they want abortion coverage. once pregnant, women would no longer have the option to buy the coverage. the law passed despite several women lawmakers trying in vein to explain facts of life to colleagues including those speaking out democratic state senator gretchen whitmer. >> i'm about to tell you something i've not shared with many people in my life. but over 20 years ago, i was a victim of rape. and thank god it didn't result in a pregnancy, because i can't imagine going through what i went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker. and as a mother will two girls, the thought that they would ever go through something like i did keeps me up at night. i thought this was all behind me. you know who tough i can be. the thought and the memory of that still haunts me. if this were law then, and i had become pregnant, i would not be able to have coverage because of this. how extreme -- how extreme does this measure
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.c.c. championship game. there's an update on the score. 45-0. seminoles rolling. unblemished ohio taking on michigan state. this game in the fourth quarter. michigan leading by a score of 27-24. more updates a little later. >> missouri beaten. central florida and smu, blake - 15 yards from what proved to be a winning score. ucf heading to a b.c.f. vote. sixth ranked kansas on the road. three seconds left. buffalos with the ball. inbound past. twice left to fly. that's a 30 footer. the crowd stormed the courts. that streak is over, 75. 72 is the final. those are the sports headlines. more on the huge games in 25 minutes. >> a date living in infamy. pearl harbour was attacked. 400 japanese planes bombarded the u.s. fleet in hawaii, pushing the united states into world war ii. thousands gathered at pearl harbour, including 70 world war ii veterans and survivors. the ceremony overlooked memorial tore the uss. >> a major task for venezuela. voters go to the polls in a country facing food shortages and sky rocketing inflation. demonstrations that cannot be stopped in ukraine. protesters vow to have the pr
of it tonight in bath, michigan, up near lansing. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. from here in michigan to northern new york to new england, more than 400,000 homes are like this one. dark. no power. utility crews are working as hard as they can hoping to get the lights on by christmas. but in some places in michigan they say it won't be until saturday. in michigan today, more than a quarter million households woke up to another frigid, and dark morning. utility crews are working as fast as they can, but kim and gail avery just can't wait. >> it's too cold. and he uses a breathing machine at night. and no electricity, he can't use his machine. >> start taking this stuff. >> reporter: the averys are packing up a few presents and driving to their daughter's home. it means eight people in a tiny apartment. but at least there's heat. >> we're just thankful we had a place to go. >> reporter: today the storm took aim at the northeast, flooding near buffalo, new york. and in maine, ice-covered roads and just about everything else, from trees and bushes, to christmas lights. na
hard-hit areas. utility crews have been working around the clock from maine to michigan and north into canada this week. yet more than 230-thousand homes and businesses remain in the dark this morning. in michigan about 100- thousand people were without power late thursday--down from a high of some 470-thousand earlier in the week.thanks to utility workers like tony carone. >>:any time you have a storm like this, especially an ice storm, it's pretty tough. conditions have been rotten, but that's part of the job, you know it is what it is. just trying to keep safe, keep warm, and get 'em back on. dan malone with michigan utility consumers energy says a warm-up this weekend could help workers repair the remaining outages. these crews left their families prior to christmas haven't been home for christmas yet, but are here to help bring power back to michigan. maine is another hard hit area. in white-field this man contemplated his options for combatting the bitter cold. it was tough. i mean it was dark. candles only do so much. i mean the fire, you gotta keep that going. it's our onl
, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: madam chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: today we are here to consider h.r. 3309, the innovation act. the enactment of this bill is something i consider central to u.s. competitiveness, job creation and our nation's future economic security. this bill takes meaningful steps to address the abusive practices that have damaged our patent system and resulted in significant economic harm to our nation. during the last congress, we passed the america invents act. many view the a.i.a. as the most agree hencive overhaul of our patent system since the 1836 patent act. however, the a.i.a. was in many respects a prospective bill. the problems the innovation act will solve are more immediate and go to the heart of current abusive patent litigation practices. this bill builds on our efforts over the past decade. it can be said that this bill is the product of years of work. we have worked with members
. michigan hosting number 3 ohio state. fourth quarter, 35 seconds on the clock. michigan down seven. devin gardner finds his man. touchdown, michigan down one. instead of going for the tie, they go for the win. not this time. picked off. ohio state wins 42-41. but the craziest gam of the game, 78th annual iron bowl. number one alabama against number 4 auburn. game tied at 28-28. bama trying to go with the 57-yard field goal. but it's short. chris davis picks it up. nothing but big men out there trying to run him down. it's not going to happen. auburn pulls off a huge upset, beating the number one team in the country, 34-28. that will do it for now. diane will be back with some more interesting stories right after the break. you know how much grandma wanted to be here for your fist christmas? you see grandma lives waaaay down here, and you live way up here. brian, your cousin, he's a little bit older than you, he lives here, in chicago. and your aunt lisa lives here, in baltimore. uncle earnie? waaay out in hawaii. but don't you worry, we will always be together for christmas. [ male announ
will know for sure on sunday. two elite programs, north carolina and number one michigan state and adrian payne is bringing the pain for the spartans at 16 points. michigan state jacking up the three's. unc would take advantage. it is the run out here and uncontested jam. williams is 7-0 as a tar heel. they take down michigan state 79-65. nba match up of two of the best in port land -- portland. rejected by ibaka and back the other way and kevin durant and had 33 for oakland state. what a score. he had 38 for the blazers. the lasers over the thunder 111-104. now a best in the west record of 15-3. abc7 sports is brought to you abc7 sports is brought to you by riverwalk casino. soon, californians from to salinas to san diego will have equal access to quality health insurance. those who need financial assistance will get it. and nobody will be denied because of a pre-existing condition. welcome to a new state of health. welcome to covered california. we are your health insurance marketplace. enroll today at your season is here. let's just call it the baking time of year. you n
to michigan. it's the worst ice storm to hit the region since 1998. taking down trees and power lines. >> just the ice going against each other, it sounds like a train going by. >> reporter: it could be days before all the power is restored, which means many families are worried they could be spending christmas in the dark. hundreds of flights canceled and thousands delayed. indiana, flash floods swept away dozens of homes. for rebeck karks the only thing spared was the family christmas tree. >> we have nothing. we don't know where weaver going to go. >> reporter: in oklahoma, huge sheets of ice came close to hitting shoppers at a busy outdoor mall. no one there was hurt. but at least nine deaths are being blamed on this storm. in ohio, an entire retirement home evacuated. >> i grabbed my grandmother, her dog, and my great cousin. >> reporter: in the mid-atlantic, the weather was making different headlines. record-setting temperatures are highs in the 70s and christmas just two days away. >> it doesn't feel like christmas to a point, but it's great for the golfers. >> reporter: that warmth won
michigan to maine are still without power this christmas eve after storms this past weekend. and weather is making it difficult and dangerous for others to get where they're going. our story tonight from nbc's john yang. >> reporter: icy roads made the day before christmas travel treacherous in the northeast. near buffalo, new york, a tractor-trailer flipped over, snarling traffic. in northern ohio, a morning pileup involving more than 25 vehicles closed interstate 90, a major east-west link, with temperatures forecast to stay below freezing the rest of the week, dangerous travel conditions are likely to persist. in maine, tree limbs and power lines were downed. crews were working around the clock. >> we work 17 on, seven at night. i go home at 6:00 at night and back at 1:00 in the morning. >> reporter: they're expected to be on the job the rest of the week, working to restore power, and temperatures making things worse. here in michigan, more than 200,000 homes and businesses have been without power for three straight days. despite crews coming from 11 states and the district of columbi
rejected four times in their bid to block them. >>> as of last night more than 300,000 people from michigan to maine were still without power following storms over the weekend. and weather is making it difficult and dangerous for others to get where they're going. >> reporter: icy roads made day before christmas travel treacherous in the northeast. near buffalo, new york, a tractor trailer flipped over snarling traffic. in northern ohio a morning pile-up involving more than 25 vehicles closed interstate 90, a major east-west link for much of this busy travel day. with temperatures forecast to stay below freezing for the rest of the week, dangerous travel conditions are likely to persist. in maine, ice brought down tree limbs and power lines, crews are working around the clock. >> work 17 on, 7 off. go home at 6:00 at night, back in at 1:00 in the morning. >> reporter: they're expected to be on the job the rest of the week working to restore power as strong winds and plunging temperatures threaten to make things worse. here in michigan more than 200,000 homes and businesses have been without
, it's been mostly smooth sailing. but in michigan and elsewhere, the weather is adding to the headache some people are feeling. near grand rapids, michigan, weather made for treacherous driving again today. crews there and in maine spent christmas in the bitter cold, trying to restore power to families left in the dark by a weekend snow and ice storm. >> it's very rewarding to be here and help people out. >> reporter: and while rough going made for tough going for delivery drovers, weather isn't solely to blame. fed ex reported some delays and ups, the world's largest package delivery company apologized to des appointed customers saying ups is experiencing heavy holiday volume and making every effort to get packages to their destination, however, the volume of air packages in our system exceeded the capacity. the company will resume deliveries tomorrow. in ft. worth, texas, a few people tried picking up their packages last night. >> they made me drive down here for no reason. >> reporter: social media became a sounding board. one woman rigwrites, it's their christmas too. another wrote
everyone gets back online. with more, here's abc's rob nelson. >> reporter: from michigan to northern new england, thousands of storm survivors are waiting for power to be restored and the christmas lights to come on. tom duquette has not had electricity since monday. he had to pack up and leave home in maine. >> this is challenging. >> this is the worst time of year to have something like this happen. but it happened. and there's not a lot you can do to keep mother nature from doing this sort of thing. >> reporter: this week's deadly ice storm hit the great lakes region, putting hundreds of thousands of people in the dark in toronto, in the height of holiday season before hitting new england. shelters in michigan have been busy, providing food, warmth and comfort for those lacking hit. and utility crews sent to the hardest-hit areas. many repair workers are a long way from home and spent christmas away from their families. >> rough. lack of sleep. the elements are tough. >> reporter: the repair work is now going into its fifth day, after one of the worst storms of its kind since the 1990
. works crews continue to work to fix a broken water main. it was the intersection of michigan avenue and irving street in northeast. it is affecting a 15-unit apartment building in nearly a dozen commercial properties. some customers may experience a disruption in water service until the repairs are completed. president obama and the first lady took time during their vacation in hawaii to visit hundreds of u.s. troops. the servicemembers and their families had just finished christmas dinner at the marine corps base in hawaii. resident obama thanked the troops for their service and on christmas eve, he spoke by phone with 10 servicemembers stationed overseas. >> many americans are not thing for a lawmakers on capitol hill. according to the cnn orc of the poll, two thirds say the current congress is the worst in their lifetime, and he pulled on that republicans have a slight edge in the battle for control of congress. pollsters give republicans a 49% to 44% lead over democrats. >> we are getting a look at new video of an american contractor who was kidnapped in pakistan. next at noon,
, michigan. kevin, good evening. >> reporter: natalie, it's going to be another miserable night for thousands after all this ice has brought down trees, damaged homes, and left a lot of families in the dark for christmas. on the second day of christmas, all more than 100,000 people want is their electricity back. across the midwest and northeast crews have been scrambling to restore power to those who lost it during last weekend's massive ice storm. >> blitzing the area and going along. >> reporter: in lansing michigan, the danzigers spent the last three nights in a hotel room. >> still no power. >> reporter: they spent christmas day shivering in coats at home under the christmas tree opening presents. >> all the other things don't matter. that we were together and still had a great christmas. >> reporter: in maine, 94-year-old grace burly has been in the dark since sunday. a friend came by with the generator and spent the night to make sure grace is okay. temperatures in her home had dropped into the 40s. >> there you go, grace. >> there's nothing you can do, really. you just wait it out, bu
michigan in a thriller of the ball game, extending a winning streak to 24 straight games. how about the duke football program. yes, ranked number 24, beating north carolina 27-25 and will play florida state in the a.c.c. title game. the big news, auburn shocks alabama. whelm have a report later. >> they escaped the war, but we'll have to make it through winter. stories ahead. >> lawlessness in mexico. people forming their own groups to face the cartels. >> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz with the headlines. white house is urging north korea to release an elderly veteran, coming after a video tape was supposedly released by merrill newman, apologising for old war crimes. swedish officials were allowed to visit him today. >> by midnight tonight the obama administration says most of the glitches plaguing will be pitched. including in the upgrade is the ability for 50,000 users to log in at the same time. >> government supporters in thailand decided to end the counter process after street battles between government supporters and opponents left two d
is in the forecast in already hard-hit areas. in michigan about 100,000 people are still without power. thanks to utility workers like tony. at any time you get a storm like this pretty rough. this is our job. it is what it is. we just want to keep safe, keep warm and do our job. >>: dan law with michigan utility consumers energy says the warm-up this week and could help the have closed repair the remaining outages. >>: these people have a been home for christmas yet but are here to bring power back to michigan. >>: main is another hard hit area. >>: it's been dark. spot i made the fire we have to keep on. >>: the storm blasted toronto. in fact city officials said it's one of the worst ever hit the city. >>: this toronto resident called this unacceptable. >>: no one has been to our street to fix anything. >>: adding insult to energy forecasters are calling for more snow and places like maine and michigan. shelby wrote reporting. at >>anny:utility crews have been working around the clock from maine to michigan and north into canada this week. offsets yet more than 230-thousand homes and busines
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